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Welcome New Skills Board Members – Adefioye, Capozzi, Eichfeld, Leisten, Wyche

Skills for Chicagoland’s Future announced five new members have joined its Board of Directors that will provide critical leadership as Skills continues to serve the area’s unemployed and underemployed while exploring expanded opportunities to support Chicago’s communities most hurting from job losses and inequitable economic opportunities.

“The impact of Skills’ work to bring jobs and opportunities into Chicago’s historically underserved communities is only possible with the incredible support of our Board of Directors,” said Marie Trzupek Lynch, founding president and CEO of Skills. “We are thrilled and honored to add these outstanding individuals to our Board to help lead us in this critical time when so many people desperately need economic opportunities.”

Skills’ newest Board members include:

  • Elizabeth Adefioye, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Ingredion Incorporated;
  • Heidi B. Capozzi, Executive Vice President, Global Chief People Officer, McDonald’s;
  • Andy Eichfeld, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources & Administrative Officer, Discover Financial;
  • Hillary Leisten, Chief Human Resources Officer, Walgreens; and
  • Keith Wyche, Vice President, Community Engagement & Support, Walmart.

Skills’ Board of Directors is made up of executive leaders from Chicago’s top businesses, and is led by Board Chair Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. A complete list of Skills’ Board of Directors can be found here.

This year, Skills’ Board of Directors will help lead the organization in its plans to expand operations into Chicago’s south side through its new office space in Englewood, and as it explores a similar expansion on the west side. Skills and its Board continues to be focused on meeting the growing need of unemployed residents who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and have faced historic inequities for decades.

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